Students and teachers received thousands of new books

Students and teachers in Killeen, Texas received 4,000 new books thanks to Blackboard’s Charitable Giving Program.

One of the things I love most about my job is I get to see the tremendous commitment and generous spirit of our employees. So on this #GivingTuesday, I’d like to highlight some of the giving that has been happening around our company this past year.

Earlier this year, we partnered with First Book to help buy new books for children in need. I was deeply moved by the collective generosity of our employees from all around the world. Thanks to their willingness to give, we were able to donate more than 4,000 brand-new books to six schools in Killeen, Texas. The librarians and principals from the selected schools were simply overwhelmed by all the books and what they would mean to the students.

And today, I’m honored to announce the five outstanding organizations that have been selected to receive grants this year as part of Blackboard’s Charitable Giving Program:

Turning the Page helps link public schools, families and communities, ensuring that students receive valuable educational resources and a high-quality public education. The grant funds will be utilized to increase technology access and education for families in DC and Chicago.

The Black Star Project educates, organizes, and mobilizes parents, students, volunteers and community partners to facilitate a wide variety of programs, high-visibility campaigns, and other special initiatives throughout the year. The grant will support a new round of the organization’s Youth Tech 2.0 program, where students develop websites for local businesses, as well as fund its academic enrichment programs.

Digital Harbor Foundation provides youth in Baltimore, Maryland with year-round technology programs including introductory and advanced after-school courses, summer camps, and intensive hack-a-thon competitions. The grant will enable the organization to increase tech education opportunities for youth, educators, and organizations across the country.

Lark’s Song is committed to empowering individuals and organizations to create positive transformative change in their lives and in the world through education, life purpose discovery, and coaching and leadership development. The grant will help support the organization’s Global Education Initiative in Zambia, Africa, providing training for educational coaches, and establish Internet access.

New Community for Children collaborates with parents and families, local schools and community partners to holistically prepare youth to become productive adults who in turn give their time and talents back to their communities. The grant will help fund the organization’s STEM curriculum.

I’m looking forward to another great year of giving back to the communities where our employees live and work. To learn more and to apply for a grant, please visit the Blackboard Charitable Giving Program page.

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